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February 24, 2015 9:35 AM Ukraine rebels claim weapons pullback begins

Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine said Tuesday they have begun a large-scale pullback of heavy weapons in line with an international peace plan that aims to form a wide buffer zone between separatists' and Ukrainian forces' artillery. The claim by Eduard Basurin, a top rebel commander, could not immediately be confirmed. Michael Bociurkiw, a spokesman 12

February 24, 2015 8:36 AM Ukraine Rebels Claim Weapons Pullback Begins

Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine say they have begun a large-scale pullback of heavy weapons in line with an international peace plan that aims to form a wide buffer zone between separatists' and Ukrainian forces' artillery. The claim Tuesday by Eduard Basurin, a top rebel commander, could not immediately be confirmed. Michael Bociurkiw, a spokesman 12

February 24, 2015 7:45 AM Ukrainian rebels claim they are beginning heavy weapons pullback

Russia-backed rebels ride on an armored vehicle in the center of Debaltseve, Ukraine, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell last week to Russia-backed separatists. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda) (The Associated Press) KIEV, Ukraine – Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine say they have begun 25

February 24, 2015 7:05 AM With labor dispute over, workers at Ports of L.A. and Long Beach begin clearing backlog

The mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach stood with union and port officials on the deck of a battleship Monday to celebrate the end of a labor battle that has plagued ports on the west coast for months. Union dockworkers and shipping companies reached a tentative contract agreement on Friday. Details of that agreement were not made available. The Ports 18

February 24, 2015 5:07 AM Cambodia cracks down after journalist films queen mother.

It’s the newest travel trend: carting around a portable, camera-bearing drone while on the road. Suitable for selfies, dramatic landscape photos, and other eminently Instagram-able content, backpack-size drones equipped with action cameras are an increasingly common component of vacationers’ luggage. Cool as those YouTube videos of golden temples and snowy 25

February 24, 2015 12:27 AM Missouri Bill Would Stop Cities From Banning Plastic Bags

A Missouri lawmaker who also leads an association of grocery stores is trying to stop cities and towns in the state from restricting the use of plastic bags, bucking a national trend toward banning their use to help the environment. The move comes as the city of Columbia, the home of the University of Missouri, considers a ban that would prevent grocery 13

February 24, 2015 12:11 AM CDC Official Dismisses Claim That Undocumented Immigrants Bring Measles Into The U.S.

Despite claims to the contrary from some of the loudest anti-immigration reform voices in the Republican Party, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stressed on Monday that undocumented immigrants are not bringing measles into the United States. Dr. Anne Schuchat, director for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, dismissed 18

February 23, 2015 11:51 PM Behind-the-scenes look at Mall of America security

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.— While the number of officers patrolling the Mall of America is higher than it was last week, public safety agencies say they're taking the threat in stride. It's what they've trained for on a regular basis. There was a time after 9/11 when most of their training exercises focused on scenarios involving bombs. Because terrorist tactics 12

February 23, 2015 10:25 PM Audit shows Pennsylvania lawmakers' surplus grew again

The Pennsylvania Legislature's pool of reserve cash grew for a second straight year, according to an audit released Monday. An outside audit of the Legislature's finances showed that the surplus grew to $161 million, as of last June 30. Last year's audit showed the legislative reserve had swelled to $154 million from $140 million the previous year, reversing 18

February 23, 2015 9:39 PM Where Is Rocky II? Pierre Bismuth Seeks Long-Lost Artwork by Ed Ruscha | MutualArt

Pierre Bismuth, Where is Rocky II?, 2015. Courtesy of Where is Rocky II? film campaign. It all starts in 2009, when artist Pierre Bismuth attends a press conference for Ed Ruscha's retrospective Fifty Years of Painting at the Hayward Gallery in London, and asks Ruscha about the whereabouts of one of his works that had never been exhibited. A little surprised 28